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  • Published: 8 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241974865
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics

A Neuroscientist on How to Make Sense of a Complex World



The bestselling author of The Organized Mind reveals the hidden secrets of statistics

We live in a world of information overload. Facts and figures on absolutely everything are at our fingertips, but are too often biased, distorted, or outright lies. From unemployment figures to voting polls, IQ tests to divorce rates, we're bombarded by seemingly plausible statistics on how people live and what they think. Daniel Levitin teaches us how to effectively ask ourselves: can we really know that? And how do they know that?

In this eye-opening, accessible guide filled with fascinating examples and practical takeaways, acclaimed neuroscientist Daniel Levitin shows us how learning to understand statistics will enable you to make better, smarter judgements on the world around you.

  • Published: 8 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241974865
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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Praise for A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics

Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written.

Daniel Gilbert, author of 'Stumbling on Happiness' on 'The Organized Mind'

The Organized Mind is the perfect antidote to the effects of information overload. Loved it.

Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of 'Identical' and 'Innocent' on 'The Organized Mind'

Already deservedly a bestseller... The Organized Mind is from the school of Daniel Kahneman but it earns its keep. Levitin demonstrates how easily we are bamboozled by statistical tricks in medicine, finance and safety, making his points with pithy stories.

Independent on 'The Organized Mind'

Daniel Levitin's field guide is a critical thinking primer for our shrill, data-drenched age. From the way averages befuddle to the logical fallacies that sneak by us, every page is enlightening

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better

The world is awash with data, but not always with accurate information. A Field Guide to Lies does a terrific job of illustrating the difference between the two with precision-and delightful good humour

Charles Wheelan, Senior Lecturer and Policy Fellow, Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College, author of Naked Economics

Valuable tools for anyone willing to evaluate claims and get to the truth of the matter

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